Food waste: Turning trash into treasure
As people across the globe stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, residential trash has increased dramatically. While on average households used to cook once or twice a day, many are now making at least three meals on a daily basis, generating along the way an abundant yet unexploited resource: food waste.
In Paris, organic waste accounts for 30% of household trash, and most of it gets incinerated or landfilled.
This week Down to Earth follows one of the first families in Paris to enrol in a pilot program to collect organic waste from homes. We also meet entrepreneurs who are making the most of this forgotten resource, collecting it directly from restaurants to produce compost and biogas.
Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morningSubscribe